Victorino made his retirement from professional baseball official Monday in a video posted on his personal Twitter account.
It was already widely assumed that the 37-year-old had called it a career, as he hadn't played anywhere since the 2016 season, when he played nine games for Triple-A Iowa in the Cubs organization. Per Matt Breen of The Philadelphia Inquirer, Victorino will sign a one-day contract with the Phillies to retire as a member of the organization in an Aug. 3 ceremony. Victorino's eight-year MLB career included two All-Star appearances, four Gold Gloves and World Series titles with the Phillies (2008) and Red Sox (2013). He also had brief stints with the Padres, Dodgers and Angels.
Victorino has put plans to sign a minor league contract on hold after he had surgery to remove a cyst under his arm, the Boston Globe reports.
Victorino was released by the Cubs last May, but he had a minor league contract on the table. He never signed, and it looks even less likely now that he'll find any contract in the near future. We may have seen the last of Victorino in the big leagues.
Victorino has been released by the Cubs, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports.
He played in nine games at Triple-A Iowa this season, hitting .233/.324/.367 with five RBI and a stolen base. It's unclear if Victorino will seek to latch on with another club, or if he may elect to call it a career at age-35.
Victorino was assigned to Triple-A Iowa on Friday, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports.
Victorino has been dealing with a calf injury to start the season but now appears to be healthy enough to take the field again. The 35-year-old will look to resurrect his career in the Cubs' system after only playing in 101 games through the past two seasons.
Victorino (calf) re-signed with the Cubs on Tuesday on a minor league deal, Patrick Mooney of CSN Chicago reports.
Victorino had been released earlier in the day, but he was able to work out a new agreement to stay with the club. The 35-year-old is dealing with a calf injury that will sideline him for the beginning of the season, but he figures to head to Triple-A Iowa once he returns to full health.
Victorino (calf) was released by the Cubs on Tuesday, but the team does hope to re-sign him, Patrick Mooney of CSN Chicago reports.
The Cubs want Victorino to continue rehabbing at extended spring training once the season begins. He may be looking at opportunities with other organizations, but regardless of where he ends up, Victorino won't be ready for games within the first few weeks of the season. Should he stay with the Cubs, he'll likely end up at Triple-A Iowa once/if he gets healthy.
Victorino (calf) will stay in extended spring training, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports.
A recent MRI showed a strain in his left calf. At this point Victorino is just trying to get into shape so he can continue his career. There's no guarantee the Cubs will be his employer in 2016 at this point.
Victorino (calf) will not be on the Cubs' Opening Day roster, Joe Maddon told Patrick Mooney of CSN Chicago.
Victorino is a non-roster invitee, so the Cubs won't open a 40-man roster spot just to put him on the disabled list once the season starts. Maddon said the Cubs are working on "alternative plans" to fit him onto the roster right now, so it's still possible Victorino could find his way to the North Side at some point this season.
Victorino (calf) is "not that close to playing," the Cubs' official site reports.
Victorino has been out of action for a couple of weeks and does not look like he's going to make the team at this rate. He's a non-roster invitee, so it's doubtful the Cubs will add him to the 40-man roster just to put him on the DL.
Victorino remains slowed by a calf injury, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.
There was some hope Victorino could play this weekend, but he's out of the lineup Saturday and a Sunday return is sounding iffy. A non-roster invitee to spring training, his chances of breaking camp as a reserve outfielder are diminishing by the day.
Victorino (calf) is expected to play by this weekend, the Cubs' official site reports.
While Victorino is a recognizable name, the crowded outfield and his lack of playing time this spring may make it difficult for him to make the team out of camp. He's not currently on the 40-man roster either, so he really needs to get on the field soon if he has anything left in the tank.
Victorino (calf) will not play in Monday's spring game, MLB.com's Carrie Muskat reports.
Victorino hoped to play Monday and was even listed in the Cubs' initial lineup, but the team decided to give him one more day to recover, so he will now look to get back on the field Tuesday.
Victorino (calf) hopes to DH in Monday's game, MLB.com's Carrie Muskat reports.
He thinks the calf tightness was a result of trying to run without orthotics in his shoes. Whatever the case, it sounds like Victorino is nearing a return to game action, although the calf is obviously still bothering him a little if he is planning on getting in the lineup at DH. Victorino's desire to be a part of this special Cubs team is understandable, but it's hard to see him playing much of a role given the depth in front of him on the organizational depth chart.
Victorino was scratched from Friday's game with left calf soreness, Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Victorino is currently transitioning back to switch hitting and is so far 2-for-10 with a walk and no extra base hits. Assuming the soreness is minor, the 35-year-old could play in one the team's split-squad games Saturday.
Victorino says his back is healthy enough that he plans to go back to switch-hitting, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports.
Finding some way to mitigate the Victorino's awful .211/.269/.225 line against right-handed pitchers in 2015 would definitely be a step in the right direction for him to get a roster spot. The additional versatility might not help too much though, as starting center fielder Dexter Fowler is also a switch-hitter.
Victorino worked out in left field during outfield drills Friday, the team's official site reports.
While Victorino is a name player, he probably is no more than a fifth outfielder on the current roster. Jorge Soler and Kyle Schwarber are likely to fight it out in left, with Victorino settling for the scraps.
Victorino signed a minor league deal with the Cubs on Friday, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports.
A day after officially bringing back Dexter Fowler, the Cubs will add another veteran to the outfield mix in the 35-year-old Victorino. The four-time Gold Glove winner hit just .230 in 71 games for the Red Sox and Angels last season, but he owns a career .275/.340/.425 slash line and is capable of playing both corner outfield spots. Assuming Victorino cracks the 25-man roster, he'd likely be used rather sparingly as a spot starter in the outfield.
Angels right fielder Kole Calhoun isn't in the starting lineup for Saturday's game. It's just the fifth time this year that Calhoun hasn't started.
Newly acquired Shane Victorino and David DeJesus start in right and left field respectively.
DeJesus becomes the 10th Angel to start in left this season.
The Angels have announced that they have received veteran outfielder Shane Victorino and cash considerations in a trade with the Red Sox for utility infielder Josh Rutledge.
The 34-year-old Victorino has suffered through an injury-plagued season and has been unproductive over the last two years. He owns a .245/.324/.298 slash line in 2015.
Rutledge has yet to play for the Angels this year after earning part-time duty in Colorado the previous three seasons.
Red Sox outfielder Shane Victorino does not want to be dealt away as rumors continue to stirr with his name as the trade deadline approaches, per WEEI.com.
What can we do in this however many days before the deadline? I don’t want to go anywhere,” he said. “I don’t think any of the guys in here want to go anywhere. Let’s go make it hard on [the front office].
The 34-year-old Victorino, who is hitting .247 with one home run and four RBI in 89 at-bats this season, also said he'd like to see himself in a Red Sox uniform through the end of his contract.
“I don’t want to see that,” Victorino said. “I don’t want to be part of that kind of team. When I leave that’s the part I sit there and think I didn’t get to see it to the end. I want to be here at the end of my contract.
“Make it miserable for them where they’re thinking, ‘Damn, our hands our tied. What are we going to do?’
“I still plan on to this day of being here at the end. That’s what I’m focused on. I think we can do it. I know we can do it. This is it for me.”
|Minor League Batting Stats|
|2010||AAA-Lehigh Valley Ironpi||2||6||1||4||0||1||1||3||--||--||0||0||.667||.667||1.500|
|2013||AAA-Pawtucket Red Sox||1||4||1||2||0||0||1||1||--||1||0||0||.500||.500||1.250|
|2014||AAA-Pawtucket Red Sox||9||29||3||4||1||0||0||0||--||6||0||0||.138||.138||.172|
|2015||AA-Portland Sea Dogs||4||13||1||2||1||0||0||1||--||2||0||0||.154||.214||.231|
|2015||AAA-Pawtucket Red Sox||4||13||1||4||1||0||0||0||--||2||0||0||.308||.308||.385|